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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra_Kool_Dude
    Did anyone see Ricky Gervais on the Daily Show? Jon Stewart corrected his pronunciation and he replied "Sorry, I was speaking English".
    Gervais was hilarious on that episode!

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    As far as pronunciation goes, 90% of the people i meet cannot even pronounce my name correctly... so i dont expect much. Also, just heard on an episode of MotorWeek here in the states that the Toyota Yaris' main problem is that the name may be too "foreign" for 'Muricans....

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    I say Zee but I say both coupe and coupé.

    Yes, I know that the English pronounce Z as Zed but I'm not English. Some may not understand that point but that IS the point. Languages change. And until I move to a place where it is pronounced as Zed it will stay as Zee.

    On another note, I find it humorous that Jeremy seems to always pronounce Spanish names wrong. Like he'll say Joe-say instead of Ho-say for the name Jose. And Laguna Seca, he says sek-ka instead of say-ka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbc.co.uk/topgear/
    Quote Originally Posted by eurotrash

    One thing I'd like to know however is why are Britons insistent on saying 'Loz An-jell-eez' instead of the conventional pronunciation?
    I would pronounce it loss angelese.

    Is that wrong?
    I pronounce it as Loss An-jel-lis. But this is actually a Spanish name(Los Angeles=City of Angels) so I assume native Spanish speakers will pronounce it differently. The US is full of cities that have English, Spanish, Native Indian names etc.

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    Actually, i don't Seca as sek-ka or say-ka, I say see-ka, and that goes for most people i know too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra_Kool_Dude
    Did anyone see Ricky Gervais on the Daily Show? Jon Stewart corrected his pronunciation and he replied "Sorry, I was speaking English".
    That reminds me of the half hour stand-up special Comedy Central had with Jimmy Carr. He came out and said:

    "Now many of you might have a hard time understanding me because of my accent. Well, technically, I don't have an accent.... this is just the way things are supposed to sound when pronounced properly."
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    Why would Prius be pree-us. Is prize pronounced pree-ze. Its clearly Pry-uss.
    I must admit that the pronunciation of Celica as Su-Lee-Ka is a bit weird.
    I think Us Brits stick a t in Impreza because it just sounds better. Im-prez-a just sounds weird.
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    Also, what's up with them saying "aluminium" ? It's ALUMINUM. Stop adding syllables.

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    The extra i was added in to bring it inline with the pronunciation of other elements. It was only left out to start with by mistake. Look at how many "iums" there are on the Periodic Table of Elements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobias
    Also, what's up with them saying "aluminium" ? It's ALUMINUM. Stop adding syllables.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobias
    Also, what's up with them saying "aluminium" ? It's ALUMINUM. Stop adding syllables.
    Ahem... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium#Spelling

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    Strange thing is: english is my second language and the English being taught in our schools is American English. So, untill I started watching Top Gear, I always tought It was Zee and Aluminium.
    Strangest thing: more English get more British the more I watch Top Gear and Fifth Gear!
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    Also I wish Americans would say Jag-u-are not Jag-whar. That really annoys me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbc.co.uk/topgear/
    Quote Originally Posted by eurotrash

    One thing I'd like to know however is why are Britons insistent on saying 'Loz An-jell-eez' instead of the conventional pronunciation?
    I would pronounce it loss angelese.

    Is that wrong?
    It's Spanish, so even the Americans get it wrong as there is an accent on the "Á" of "Angeles", so it should be pronounced "loss an-hell-eese".

    So there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter3hg2
    Also I wish Americans would say Jag-u-are not Jag-whar. That really annoys me.
    so how do you feel about "jag-wire"?



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    Just out of interest who pronounces Audi ow-dee and who pronounces it
    or-dee.
    And the same for Porsche as in Porsh or Porsh-a
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter3hg2
    Just out of interest who pronounces Audi ow-dee and who pronounces it
    or-dee.
    And the same for Porsche as in Porsh or Porsh-a
    porsche is a two syllable word. period.

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    Sorry you've managed to enrage me further. It's full-stop not period.
    And i fully agree that the correct pronunciation of Porshe should be Porsh-a as in German the e's are pronounced at the end of a word and an e is pronounced ay. Having said this Porsh-a just doesnt sound right in English.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter3hg2
    Sorry you've managed to enrage me further. It's full-stop not period.
    And i fully agree that the correct pronunciation of Porshe should be Porsh-a as in German the e's are pronounced at the end of a word and an e is pronounced ay. Having said this Porsh-a just doesnt sound right in English.
    well damn you, it is cigarette, not fag. and being pissed is about anger, not state of inebriation.

    Basically every letter is pronounced in German, hence the reason i found it so much easier to learn than languages like French. And speaking of pronunciation, i always smile when i hear someone say "Buda-pesh-t", and smile even more when someone calls me "shan-door" instead of the typical 'Murican "sander" ...

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    Having said that Porsh-a is right though. no one pronounces BMW or VW in their correct German way. VW should either be Fow-Vay or Volks-vagen.
    BMW should be Bah-Em-Vay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter3hg2
    Having said that Porsh-a is right though. no one pronounces BMW or VW in their correct German way. VW should either be Fow-Vay or Volks-vagen.
    BMW should be Bah-Em-Vay.
    BMW and VW were not/are not surnames however.


    ..it is amazing how different pronunciation can be though. my oma was austrian born and raised, and her german pronunciation was much different than my nagypapa, who was born and raised just outside of Budapest, and was taught "high" German in school. The Austrian accent was much softer than the German (or, in his case, the faux-german)

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